Half-Blood Prince Behind-the-Scenes footage hits the net…and makes me nervous

Posted on 21 February 2009 by ShepRamsey

Hey friends! I love me a good Harry Potter flick as much as the next filthy muggle and I’m certainly looking forward to the (delayed) release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, based on my favorite one of the books.┬áBut something about this recently released behind-the-scenes footage is just making me nervous.

Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate Harry Potter story and logically the point when the drama and tension should be peaking, but it appears that director David Yates, who did an excecllent job of adapting the last one, Order of the Phoenix, wants to make it too cheery and dumb. “We got all the angst out of the way in [Order of the Phoenix], now we’re just having a bit of a laugh.” All that, next to adding a scene that wasn’t in the book while omitting a bunch of material that was, (as well as the step-down PG rating that the film has already recieved) is making me a little nervous, to say the least, about how this one will turn out. My fingers are still crossed, though.

Take a look at the footage below and decide for yourself!

And here’s a new promotional banner for the film featuring young Riddle, Malfoy, Snape, Harry, and Ginny, all looking concerned. (Well, except maybe Ginny.) Click on the pic to see it in its full-sized glory!

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. clementine Says:

    After Order of the Phoenix, when Yates signed on to the sixth installment, he and Radcliffe were interviewed by Entertainment Weekly and basically acknowledged that they were intentionally going to downplay all the darkness and drama in the sixth film because of how dark OotP was. Apparently he wants to give Grint and Radcliffe a chance to show their humorous sides.

    When I read that, I threw down my magazine, and said…you’re about five movies too late. I feel like he’s completely missing the overarching tone of the story. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  2. ParryOtter Says:

    I’m hoping it won’t be as silly and giggle-inducing as they’re making it out to be, but who knows. I just don’t see how they put out a trailer like the last one and say it’s not going to be dark.

    After OOTP, I feel like Yates “gets it” enough to not screw up too severely…though this business about an attack on the Burrow is just insane. Even if it “works” or conveys something useful, surely they could have found a scene in the actual damn book that accomplishes the same thing?

  3. Quaid Says:

    I’m afraid Yates is making a movie to “change it up” just because he doesn’t want to feel like he is making the same movie twice. Unfortunately, making a movie with the same tone as the last one is exactly what the story calls for…

    BUT there is one way to pull this off. If it is all fun and games but then the final act takes a very dark turn, the main theme of the novel could really hit home, which is the idea that Harry has to give up his relatively safe and child-like life at Hogwarts and go face his fate. IF they show Hogwarts as a fun haven to forget all the dark omens of the future, then show Harry choosing not to stay there and instead face Voldemort, THAT could be really powerful. And set up part 7 perfectly.

    I still have faith in Yates. God knows they’ve had enough time to get this right.

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